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Source: ZOOM’D update email by Cynthia McEwen, Avastone Consulting

ZOOM’D Leadership explores the importance of changing the way we pursue the future. ZOOM’D is on the air live each Monday, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time, 11 a.m. to noon Pacific.

Upcoming Guests:

May 24 Guest: Dr. Frank Alcock on “Slick Possibilities — Gulf Oil Spill and Beyond”
AlcockDr. Frank Alcock, Director of the Marine Policy Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory and Director of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at New College of Florida, joins ZOOM’D for a direct and unbiased look at the BP/Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and implications for the future.

Frank reflects on the near- and long-term environmental damage and the impact on both energy policy and regulation going forward. With responses to the disaster ranging from calls for an American “Operation Dunkirk” to seizing of the moment with possibility of an “Obama End-to-Oil-Addiction Act,” all sides and potential outcomes of this tragedy must be understood and acted upon.

Join Frank and ZOOM’D host John Schmidt for a clear look at “what is really going on” and suggestions for how we might all engage our leadership in responding to this tragedy and building a more desirable future.

May 31 Guest: Dr. Lawrence Lessig on “Fix Congress First!”
Avastone LogoDr. Lawrence Lessig, Professor at Harvard Law School, Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, and one of America’s top visionaries, joins ZOOM’D for a frank and compelling look at a central facet of change for the future: restoring public trust in government by addressing the flow of big-money lobbying in politics.

With special interests funneling millions of dollars into our elections–and a new Supreme Court ruling giving corporations and unions even more power over our government–confidence will not be regained until this flow of money is curtailed. Right now, a fortunate few, neither dependent on nor accountable to the people, control the direction of our government. This isn’t a Democratic or Republican issue; it’s a fundamental question about what kind of democracy we want.

Join Lawrence and ZOOM’D host John Schmidt as they explore why and how to “Fix Congress First,” including legislation to support public financing of elections and small dollar donations.     Continue reading

New Guests on ZOOM’D Leadership

Source: ZOOM’D update email by Cynthia McEwen, Avastone Consulting

ZOOM’D Leadership explores the importance of changing the way we pursue the future. ZOOM’D is on the air live each Monday, 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time, 11 a.m. to noon Pacific.

January 11 Guest:
James Howard Kunstler on “The Long Emergency”

James Howard Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency, World Made by Hand, and numerous other books, joins ZOOM’D to shake up thinking about the challenges posed by the coming permanent oil crisis, climate change, and other converging catastrophes of the 21st century. In a riveting description of realities and contraction that the world faces, James highlights two competing forces at play: the dominant push toward the status quo with self-correction back to a consumer-centered growth economy, and the minority force that calls for radically new arrangements in daily life and intelligent responses to the real dynamics at hand.

James explores the pressure points and tensions underlying where we are now, what we can expect this year, and where our current path is taking us in the longer term. Underpinning the direct and no-holds-barred conversation is an ever-growing emphasis on resilience–a watchword central to both communities and our personal lives going forward.

Don’t miss it!!

January 18 Guest:
Dr. Michael Vlahos on “Ancient Patterns of Human Change”

Dr. Michael Vlahos, distinguished professional and author with broad knowledge and expertise in history, anthropology, national security studies, and foreign policy, joins ZOOM’D to explore the nature of human change and the coming great transition as seen through the lens of ancient historical transformations.

Combining perspectives from his 2009 book, Fighting Identity: Sacred War and World Change, experience in his role on the national security assessment team of the National Security Analysis Department at Johns Hopkins University, and rich historical investigations brought alive through masterful examples using art, Michael brings to the table a unique lens with a different prism concerning coming change, “sacred identity,” and war. Other cultures and civilizations have lived with globalization and many parallels to the challenges we face today–and offer much that we can learn. Don’t miss this holistic and naturally integral conversation.

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Source: ZOOM’D update email by Cynthia McEwen, Avastone Consulting

Listeners know that ZOOM’D guests are animated by the big trends of our day and are giving voice to the foresight, provocative thinking, and real-world insights needed.

One listener wrote: “Dear John, really love the show. I know it’s a ton of work, but it’s a great contribution. The interview with David Martin was spectacular.”

Our two recent guests showcase the quality of exploration happening on the show:

  • David Martin, Executive Chairman of M*CAM, joined ZOOM’D on June 15. David crystallized little- known realities contributing to the financial meltdown and what he sees coming on the horizon. David made clear that riding the ship down is not the best idea, and emphasized the need to understand wealth and value in terms other than monetary. David made the link between a resilient humanity and “all-in consequence and cost” — a kind of transparency that reveals the humanity involved in producing our way of life.
  • Jeb Brugmann, internationally recognized urbanist and winner of the 2007 Harvard Business Review McKinsey Award for best article, joined ZOOM’D on Monday June 22. Jeb offered a crucial perspective about what generates urban resilience in a way that most sustainability conversations miss. He laid out three qualities of “economic logic” that underpin real city or community resilience, a logic which has been forsaken, pushed aside, and sometimes vilified in the sustainability movement. Once placed at the core, any number of user-designed needs such as environmental health and social equity can fall from this most sustainable logic. Continue reading
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